Our Team

Josie Rivest - Cofounder, Director of Production and R&D
Josie Rivest Cofounder TOPZ Dog food
Josie Rivest is a dynamic entrepreneur with a passion for design, sales, and business. Her journey began with her studies in design at Lasalle College, where she honed her creative skills and developed a keen eye for aesthetics. After graduating, she joined the renowned fashion brand David Bitton Buffalo, where she gained invaluable experience in the industry.

Driven by her ambition and desire for new challenges, Josie transitioned into the real estate and construction sectors, where she played various sales and interior design roles. Her ability to understand clients' needs and create captivating spaces earned her a stellar reputation in the industry.

However, Josie's entrepreneurial spirit couldn't be contained within a single field. She embarked on a new venture, starting multiple businesses that showcase her versatility and business acumen. As the owner of five Buzzfit gym franchises, she has successfully tapped into the booming fitness industry, providing top-notch fitness facilities and helping people achieve their health goals.

In addition to her success in the fitness industry, Josie has also been the proud owner of Funtropolis and Jungle adventures, two thriving entertainment centers that cater to families and children which she was able to exit successfully to pursue new endeavors. 

Josie's remarkable journey is a testament to her entrepreneurial drive, adaptability, and determination. She continues to explore new opportunities and challenges, always seeking to make a positive impact in various industries. Today, TOPZ is her number one adventure allowing her to blend her love for pets and desire for business building.

Max Gravel - Cofounder, Director of Marketing and Sales
Max Gravel cofounder Topz dog food

Max Gravel is a seasoned professional with a remarkable breadth of experience across various industries. With 19 years in the financial sector, 8 years in leadership positions, and 9 years as an entrepreneur, Max's career journey exemplifies both depth and diversity.

Known for his insatiable appetite for knowledge and unwavering commitment to excellence, Max lives by the Latin saying "Nulla tenaci invia est via" - For the tenacious, no road is impassable. His determination and perseverance have been the driving force behind his impressive accomplishments.

Max's career began humbly, starting in the mailroom of a prominent bank. Through his dedication and hard work, he quickly climbed the corporate ladder, ultimately becoming a direct report to the president of a cutting-edge digital trading platform. In his role as the head of business strategy initiatives, Max demonstrated his strategic acumen and visionary thinking.

In pursuit of personal and professional growth, Max completed his Executive MBA at the esteemed John Molson School of Business, further enriching his skill set and expanding his business knowledge.

Beyond his achievements in the financial industry, Max is also a serial entrepreneur. With a diverse portfolio of businesses ranging from e-commerce to transportation and software, he has continuously sought out new ventures and opportunities. Max's entrepreneurial spirit fuels his desire to explore and innovate in various domains.

TOPZ is Max's newest adventure to which he wishes to utilize his diverse experience to make a successful consumer brand for all pet owners who really care about providing the best to their pets. 


 Serge Bouthet R&D and Recipe Expert Collaborator 
Serget Bouthet Collaborator Pet Food Expert 
Serge Boutet, from Quebec, Canada, is the proud founder and proprietor of SB Nutrinnov Consultants. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in animal science from McGill University, complemented by the successful completion of an executive development course (mini-MBA).
With an impressive career spanning over 35 years in animal nutrition, specifically 28 years dedicated to the pet food industry, Boutet's expertise encompasses a wide range of areas. These include pet food and feed formulation, in-depth knowledge of ingredients, product development, technical training and lecturing, quality control, exportation, sales, retail, operations and supply chain management, as well as warehousing, transportation, and logistics strategies.
In 2013, Boutet ventured into the world of consultancy, establishing his own company. Prior to this, he served as the manager of pet foods and nutrition for J.E. Mondou Ltee, Quebec's largest pet product retail chain, for over eight years. Additionally, he held the esteemed position of technical services manager for Rolf C. Hagen Inc. and Hagen Pet Foods Inc. for a duration of 13 years. Boutet's previous roles also include notable positions at Ralston Purina Canada (Chow Division) and Hill's Pet Nutrition.

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